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and the neck. willy joel going to play in russia did more for relations between the two countries than any politician or media journalist did. >> if it was michael jordan, it might have had a better impact than a clown prince of basketball. he's not really an ambassador of our culture as well. >> north korea is not russia. russia made a lot of progress by the time that happened. >> john: i have to be an optimist. it is a start. i understand the washington generals are going on their show first. my panel stays with me after the break. when we look at the one case in history when the nra wasn't calling for more guns. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything. >> john: welcome back. i have a very quick question for my panel. today is the one-year anniversary of the trayvon martin shooting. what has america learned and has america grown or accomplished anything in the wake of this? and i would like to start with richard socarides.
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country as ambassador to the u.n. russia, israel, india, el salvador among others. ambassador pickering is also a member of the council on foreign relations co-author with senator hagel of global zero report on u.s. nuclear policy. that came in for some tough detroitcriticism and you worked with senator chuck hagel. what kind of defense secretary do you think he would be? >> i think he would an superb defense secretary. he has made clear in these hearingshearings under difficult circumstances that he's mainstream and he supports what the president sports--supports. i think he has carefully calculated and honest views in how and what we should be proceeding in the world. we are part of it. we clearly need a defense second to none in this particular issue. but we also have to be thoughtful about how we move ahead. i think he's conscious as we all are of the fact that expenditures are going to go down in the days ahead and he will be called upon to make difficult judgments for the president. i have every confidence from my knowledge of him that he will give the president the correct and pr